By winning the WBO welterweight title last March against Sadam Ali, Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas put himself in the position for a clash with Manny Pacquiao. But this is a fight he has long prepared himself to do as a teenager, back in the days when he watched the Filipino boxing champion beat his compatriot Erik Morales.
Despite being the current world title holder, and an impressive performance against Sadam Ali many still looks upon the match on November 5th as a major stinker. The truth of the matter is that many have already counted him out, and HBO’s decision not to support it only adds to its negative perception.
Jessie Vargas has quite the advantage of youth at 27 years of age versus Pacquiao who will turn 38 by December. He is taller and has the longer reach, but such is the fighter Manny Pacquiao is known for that none of that seem to matter heading into the match.
According to a report by Phil Star Jessie Vargas has been studying the Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao fight in the midst of making all the media rounds all day.
Is he taking a page from Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao?
Juan Manuel Marquez is the only boxer to knock out the Pacman since 1999 against Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand and making it a reference while preparing for a fight makes sense. But it doesn’t mean it’d work for him.
JMM is a natural counter-puncher whose style is tailor made for a fighter like Pacquiao. It’s something he has learned after years and years of training under the masterful eyes of Nacho Beristain.
Adopting such a style now is easier said than done. Wouldn’t it be better for him to focus on his physical advantages and work on it further instead?
Manny Pacquiao is a decade older than him, and his Senate duties apart from all other distractions in his career should be made to work to Jessie Vargas’ advantage. The pressure also more weight on his shoulders to prove his comeback isn’t a product of poor decision making prodded either by boredom or financial reasons.
Few experts who see Vargas having a fighting chance in November believe he should work on his jab more and try to test Pacman’s conditioning. Make him move more and see how his cramps fare in a fight that’s scheduled for 12 rounds.
If he gasses out, he could go for a full-force onslaught. If his cramps start he could force him to move about and fight uncomfortably.
Jessie Vargas may not be of Manny’s caliber yet, but he doesn’t have to fight it the way boxing fans expect him to. He doesn’t have to pull-off a Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao template to let the world respect him.
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